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Duck Ragu Recipe

This recipe is straight up inspired The Sopranos. If you've seen the Italian American TV series, you'll know that duck ragu is the speciality of Artie Bucco, chef and owner of Versuvio. More of a mafia meeting place than a restaurant, Artie still tries his best to serve up Italian specials, taking his famous duck ragu recipe to the boss's mum Olivia when she's resting up in hospital. 

More and more often I'd find myself craving pasta upon watching The Sopranos. Stirring up pots of gravy whilst discussing business deals, eating lobster over crucial meetings and ordering droolworthy sandwiches to the Tony Soprano's office. Not to mention Carmela's famous aubergine parmegiana. I knew I instantly had to recreate this duck ragu recipe immediately, and so I did. 

Duck Ragu Spaghetti

Shopping list.
(Serves two)
♥ 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
♥ One white onion, diced
♥ A splash of olive oil
♥ Two duck breasts
♥ 400g tin chopped tomatoes
♥ 75ml red wine
♥ 1 tbsp tomato puree
♥ 2 tsp dried basil
♥ 2 tsp dried tarragon
♥ 2 tsp dried thyme
♥ 120g spaghetti
♥ Fresh basil, parmesan, salt and pepper to serve to taste

Step one. Begin by cooking together the garlic and onion on a very low heat until it begins to caramelise. Remove from the pan

Step two. Turn up the heat, add more oil if needed and sear the duck.

Step three. Turn the heat back down and add back in the onions and garlic, along with the chopped tomatoes, red wine, puree and dried herbs. Cook together on a low heat for at least 45 minutes. The longer the better.

Step four. When your ragu is 10-15 minutes from being served, cook your spaghetti to the packet instructions. Drain and serve alongside the ragu - garnish as desired and serve immediately.

Slow Cooked Duck Ragu
The Sopranos Duck Ragu

Do you have any favourite moments from The Sopranos? Or have you tried to recreate any recipes from The Sopranos?

Tracy from It's Not Easy Being Greedy has The Sopranos Cookbook and made this delicious looking Braciole from it - yum! 


  1. I've never actually watched the Sopranos but - oooooh duck ragu! That sounds fantastic - I'm a big fan of really meaty gamey flavours in a ragu (like rabbit) so I imagine this works really well. We always get duck at Christmas so this will be an interesting new recipe to try!

  2. I've never seen the Sopranos! Shocking. My husband loves duck so I'm sure he'd adore this.

  3. Wow that's cool! I haven't watched Sopranos either but I love remaking iconic dishes and I agree this sounds like one!